“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Frostburg in Allegany County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Coal Mining

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By F. Robby, July 29, 2016
1. Coal Mining Marker
Inscription.  Bituminous coal had been discovered in what is now Allegany County before the French and Indian War. Although farmers worked small individual diggings prior to the Nineteenth Century, it would not be until about 1820 that coal obtained some degree of commercial importance. This early 1900s postcard view, with the year 1908 engraved above the cement portal mine opening, is of a Frostburg area coal mine at Carlos Junction. Early coal mining was done by pick and shovel. As depicted here, horses and mules pulled the hand loaded trams or wagons from the mines to the railroad for shipment east. In 1906 Maryland would reach a record high of 6,436 miners, with coal production reaching 5.5 million tons the following year. Among the nation's largest producers of bituminous coal was Frostburg's famous Consolidation Coal Company.

It was Consolidation's Frostburg area coal mines and Maryland steam coal that supplies the Cunard Steamship Line, and was also the preferred coal of the United States Navy because of its "smokeless" qualities. Consolidation coal was shipped worldwide and in 1898 Frostburg area mines also provided the blacksmithing coal
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By F. Robby, July 29, 2016
2. Coal Mining Marker
The access trail between the C&P Depot and the Great Allegheny Passage is in the background.
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[text with the postcard image] From the collection of Albert and Angela Feldstein.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1820.
Location. 39° 39.555′ N, 78° 55.306′ W. Marker is in Frostburg, Maryland, in Allegany County. Marker is on New Hope Road 0.2 miles north of Depot Stret, on the right when traveling north. Marker is near the parking area for the Great Allegheny Passage trail. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Frostburg MD 21532, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Frostburg (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Frostburg (a few steps from this marker); The Cumberland and Pennsylvania Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker); The National Road (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cumberland and Pennsylvania Railroad Depot (about 800 feet away); The Naming of Frostburg (approx. 0.2 miles away); Braddock Stone (approx. 0.3 miles away); Frost Graves (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Frostburg.
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National Park Service, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, June 17, 2019
3. Coal Mining Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on August 12, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 1, 2016, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 276 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 1, 2016, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.   3. submitted on August 5, 2019.

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